Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Recipe

Peanut Butter Hot Fudge has a rich and thick peanut butter and chocolate flavor that tastes amazing on top of ice cream and other desserts.

homemade peanut butter hot fudge in a jar

Peanut Butter Hot Fudge

Ice cream season is the best! I’ve already made three batches of deliciously simple homemade vanilla ice cream. I love vanilla ice cream because it goes with everything. Ice cream with a side of berries, pie, or cake, is a good thing. If I don’t have a side for it, I like to have a little something to offer on top. More often than not I’ll enjoy it nice and plain but sometimes it needs just a little chocolate. Everything is better with chocolate.

I made this peanut butter hot fudge a few months ago and made it again a few weeks ago. It keeps really well in the fridge and I just heat it up as needed. It’s a quick and easy topping for ice cream that everyone likes. Seriously, I don’t think I know a single person who doesn’t enjoy the chocolate peanut butter combo.

So pin this peanut butter hot fudge recipe for later because I know there’s going to be a time this summer that it pops into your mind and you’ll want to make it. And why wait for a reason!

homemade peanut butter hot fudge in a jar with a spoon

What’s the difference between hot fudge and chocolate sauce?

Hot fudge is much thicker than chocolate sauce or syrup. It is heavy cream-based and uses whole chocolates (instead of just cocoa powder) to add a richer flavor. Its thickness means you have to warm it up for it to become more liquid for serving but it’s worth it!

Can you freeze homemade hot fudge?

Yes! Make sure the jar you put it in is appropriate for freezing. You may need to add a little more cream to it after you thaw it out to get the consistency back how you want it but it will still taste great.

Can I use a different kind of chocolate?

The recipe calls for semi-sweet, which is my favorite for this, but you could also use milk chocolate or dark chocolate if you want to adjust how chocolatey it is. All chocolates taste amazing.


Peanut Butter Hot Fudge

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless This Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Make 2 cups 1x


Peanut Butter Hot Fudge has a rich and thick peanut butter and chocolate flavor that tastes amazing on top of ice cream and other desserts.



  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsly chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch salt


  1. In a medium sauce pan heat the cream over medium heat until it starts to boil. Pull the pan off the heat and the chopped chocolate and peanut butter. Let the mixture sit for 30 seconds. Whisk the cream, chocolate, and peanut butter together until the mixture is smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add the vanilla and salt and mix to combine. Allow the mixture to cool for about 10 minutes before serving warm. The mixture will thicken slightly as it cools and will be a nice texture when it hits the cold ice cream.
  2. Store any extras in an air-tight container in the fridge and reheat to warm before serving again.


Sometimes my powder sugar will be a bit clumpy which isn’t the dream. I’ve found it best to sift it into the bowl of liquid chocolate and cream while whisking or to have the powdered sugar in a separate bowl and then slowly pour the chocolate mixture into the powdered sugar while whisking. You’ll get a smoother product by doing one of these methods opposed to just plopping in the powdered sugar and then stirring it in.

  • Category: desert
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: hot fudge, fudge, chocolate, sauce, peanut butter, ice cream, dessert, how to, how to make,

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This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated in July 2019.

Try this quick and easy Peanut Butter Hot Fudge for a ch flavor that will add something extra to ice cream!

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  1. Weeka

    FOUL. TEMPTRESS. Thanks for ruining my whole night with yearnings and cravings that cannot be quenched!

    And call me back!

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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